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Cyclists Pedal To Raise $2 Million For Type 1 Diabetes Research

500 cyclists are geared up to raise funds for Type 1 Diabetes research Saturday. 

For the second year, the JDRF Ride To Cure Diabetes is in Saratoga Springs.  More than 500 registered cyclists from 81 JDRF chapters nationwide are ready to ride. Spokesperson Denise Nicastro says with most of the fundraising already done, the focus is on the race itself, with 30 local riders representing the JDRF Northeastern New York chapter:  "We've just about reached the $100,000 mark for our little team here locally and we have a lot of people that are riding that are living with and riding with Type 1 Diabetes."

According to the JDRF website the group is well on its way to reaching its $2 million goal.

It's not too late to hop on your bike: there are multiple route options ranging from 32 to 100 miles.

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018

WHERE: Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 12866

ROUTES:  Cyclists will ride one of three routes – 25, 60 or 100 miles. All routes follow an “out and back” course north up the Hudson River --  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18015970

Riders can refill water bottles and stop for snacks at rest stops every 10 miles. Riders on the 100-mile route will pass through Corinth, Warrensburg and Pottersville where they will be greeted by JDRF staff and volunteers at aid stations and given food and drinks. Professional mechanics will attend to all bike issues that arise.


  • 6:45 a.m.: National anthem and group photo
  • 7 a.m.: Ride start (All routes)
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Riders begin to return! Finish line party and lunch takes place at the Saratoga Springs City Center parking lot
  • 5 p.m.: Course closes
  • 7-8:30 p.m.: Post-ride dinner celebration & awards (Saratoga City Center)
Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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